Publish or perish: A nifty little research tool

Publish or perish” is a great little research tool that retrieves and analyses your citations. It uses Google Scholar for the raw data and is then able to calculate the following:

  • Total number of papers and total number of citations
  • Average citations per paper, citations per author, papers per author, and citations per year
  • Hirsch’s h-index and related parameters
  • Egghe’s g-index
  • The contemporary h-index
  • Three variations of individual h-indices
  • The average annual increase in the individual h-index
  • The age-weighted citation rate
  • An analysis of the number of authors per paper

I’d be lying if I said I knew what most of the items in the above list mean but they sound quite impressive. I was only interested in the first 3 points on the list but the others are explained in a little bit of detail here.

There is also a “guide to effective and responsible citation analysis”, which is available online and in a variety of other formats. Publish or perish may give you some additional insight into the impact that your papers are having, and if nothing else, will take up at least an hour of your time as you explore the data.